In a nutshell: An organic Pinot Noir from Alsace in eastern France.
The lowdown: Textbook Pinot Noir of the light, fresh and fruity kind. It's pure, fresh, characterful and lush with classic varietal raspberry fruit and crunchy acidity on the finish. Sweet, primary fruit dominates now but the more gamey, complex characters of Pinot Noir will develop with age.
When to drink: Grilled fish, free-range pork sausages, charcuterie, wild mushroom linguine are good food matches.
Widely regarded as one of the best co-operatives in the world, Cave de Turckheim is situated to the north west of Colmar in Alsace.
Michel Lihrmann has been the senior winemaker for over 25 years and his style of dryer wines has been a huge hit, expressing the wonderful breadth of the Alsatian terroir and grape varieties while pushing pure fruit flavours to the fore. The winery is modern and produces up to 10 million bottles per year across an extensive range, from the excellent value Cave Tradition range up to individual Grand Cru varietals as well as Crémants d'Alsace and Vendange Tardive dessert and organic wines.